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R.E coursework on Worship

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By Bethan Moore

Year 10

  • Styles Of Worship
  • Altar
  • Crucifix
  • Stained glass windows
  • Tabernacle

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St peters church in roath. Is one of the biggest churches in Cardiff. St peters church has been around for many hundred years. It was recently refurbished, but still looks modern. Its very big church and holds over 200 people. Very well designed and has alot of space there is statues all around the front of the church, very high ceiling painted with little Celtic crosses. On the left as you walk in. there is a little blue corner where the statue of Mary is kept. This is where people go to pray for someone who is ill and has just died. On the right side is a red corner I has a statue of Jesus, it shows people why Jesus died for us. And why we should worship and respect him. Jesus called peter his rock and gave him the keys to heaven. Thats why st peters holds the keys in his hands

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The altar is a long table, with a white sheet placed over it to show a sign of purity. The altar is for sacrifice, offered up to god to show our appreciation and respect. It is located at the front of the church in the middle. It’s usually made of wood, marble or stone. The altar is a remembrance of the Last Supper, this is where Jesus made bread from his body and turned the blood into wine. Communion is often taken place on the altar.image03.jpg

The crucifix is a symbol of Jesus dying on the cross. In St peters church the crucifix is hanging above the altar for everyone to see. In this act the crucifix can be seen as a symbol of ultimate faith. The crucifix comes in many different patterns. The crucifix is all over the Catholic Church building, e.g. its may be on the front of an altar, the font charved in stone or even the crucifix statue itself. There are many reasons why people choose to symbolize the crucifix. At home hanging up on their wall, wearing it around their necks, it can be made out of anything. Each and everyone of this crucifix represent the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Stained glass windows are decoration, they are brightly colored windows, which when sun comes through the window shines different colors. In St peters the colored windows are pictures of Jesus. They symbolize the Jesus Christ the light of the world.

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The tabernacle is a box just above the altar where the wine (blood of Jesus) and holy host (body of Jesus) is stored. It is well looked after and has a key to unlock it. Sometimes it may be surrounded by curtain. ‘Tabernacle’ means tent in Latin. The tabernacle is considered very holy Catholics always genuflect to the tabernacle will coming in and leaving.

Statues in a Catholic Church are very big part of the Catholic church. Statues symbolize worship and respect we look up to statues for influence. Statues are mostly saints and they come in any shape or size and made from any material. In St peters church the statues are places all around the front of the church there are 12 apostles. There is also a statue of virgin Mary in one corner of the church and Jesus in the other corner they each have special meanings, many Catholics consider statues are there for a reason, like your praying to them for answers. Showing their appreciation to god.image06.jpg

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